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Fashnachts / Fasnachts in Chicago?

Iowegan Apr 17, 2012 02:27 PM

I realize that Easter was last week, but I'm hoping that someone can tell me where I can get some Fashnachts / Fasnachts in Chicago next year.

When I lived in Maryland, I'd get them from a local bakery run by a Mennonite woman (it was one of those "out-of-the-back-of-the-house" operations), and I'd take them to work at the Tracing Center and everybody'd scarf them right up. The last year that I worked there, I think I took in 8 or 9 dozen. It got to the point where people would ask me to let them know when they were going to be available again so I could pick a few dozen up for them!

Anyway, I'd really appreciate it if someone can tell me where these are sold in the Chicago metro area.


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    ferret Apr 17, 2012 02:39 PM

    Chicago is the land of the paczki:


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    1. re: ferret
      Iowegan Apr 17, 2012 02:49 PM

      Nope. This isn't what I'm talking about at all.

      The Fashnacht is basically a gigantic glazed donut, except that the hole is filled with another piece of dough, almost like a gigantic donut cutter was used and the dough was stuffed back in before frying. I've been gone from Maryland for 12 years, but if I remember correctly, these things are about 6 - 7 inches across!

      1. re: Iowegan
        ferret Apr 17, 2012 03:03 PM

        I didn't say it was the same thing, just our thing. There's a reason for the regionality of such food traditions. Chicago is full of Polish immigrants and they've brought the paczki as their tradition. We don't have much of a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition in this area.

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